Mailport March 2012 Issue

Mailport: March 2012

Cetol Alive & Well

Boat Skimmer

PS test boat Skimmer, a Cape Dory 25, is readied for a few coats of Cetol Natural and a toerail repair (after a race-start collision). Despite rumors, Cetol is still readily available in the U.S.

I heard that International Yacht Paints (Interlux Yacht Finishes) announced that they are discontinuing Sikkens and all of its products. If true, what would replace Cetol?

Ron Hallam
Via e-mail

International Yacht Paints ( has discontinued Cetol Marine in Europe only; the replacement for European customers is called Woodskin, which we have not tested. All of the Cetol products will continue to be available in North America. According to Jim Seidel, Interlux’s assistant marketing manager, the confusion likely stems from the fact Cetol is no longer being made in the Sikkens factory ( Production was moved to Interlux’s New Jersey factory about a year ago; the formulas have not changed, and Interlux is using the same raw materials and process to manufacture the Cetol products as those used in the Sikkens factory.

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